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Jul 16, 2012 6:00am EDT
quote . >> i agree. listen, mitt romney has got to go on the offensive here. all right. what's going to come out is mitt romney is a rich guy. what else is going to come out is that mitt romney took advantage of all the legally allowable tax deductions provided him by years of congressional wheeling and dealing over the last 30, 40, 50 years, with regard to income tax rates and deductions. what mitt romney needs to say is, you know what america, i'm not going to apologize for being successful. i'm also not going to apologize for taking advantage of all the deductions provided for me, which is exactly the reason why tax preparers exist. to make sure that every family no matter what they make, receives every deduction they
Jul 12, 2012 7:00pm PDT
with lawrence o'donnell." thanks for being with us. >> mitt romney has told more lies than any presidential campaigner i've ever seen, and he's been caught at more lies than any presidential campaigner i've seen, including another big one today. so what did romney decide to do after one of his biggest lies got exposed? he calls president obama a liar. and so tonight, this entire program, every word of "the last word" will be about the lies of mitt romney. oh, and have i mentioned that his first name isn't really mitt? >> i believe this election will come down to character, conviction, and vision. >> the obama campaign isn't giving up on its narrative that governor romney is a secretive rich guy. >> "the boston globe" is reporting today -- >> new claims over mitt romney's record. >> following up on reporting. >> romney did not leave bain capital when he said. >> was he legally liable for jobs sent overseas? >> team romney denying a report in "the boston globe." >> governor romney will have to defend what he did at bain. >> he's going to have to face up to this. >> i believe this election wil
Jul 12, 2012 10:00pm EDT
's a difference between venture and vulture capitalism. >> he's the worst republican in the country. >> the romney campaign is taking on some water. >> i've got broad shoulders. i'm able to handle it. >> i believe this election will come down to character, conviction and vision. and i don't think it's even a close call. >>> a page one headline saying "mitt romney stayed at bain capital for three years longer than he said he did." "the boston globe" reports that bain capital continued to list mitt romney as the firm's sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president for three years after mitt romney claims he left bain. the date romney left bain is the linchpin of his entire defense against the obama campaign's attacks on romney as a pioneer of outsourcing. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> president romney's first 100 days, creating thousands of new jobs. >> but would it? "the washington post" just revealed that romney's companies were pioneers of shipping u.s. jobs overseas. investing in firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by american wor
Jul 22, 2012 4:30pm PDT
november. and finally, you betcha, the romney runninging make looks to be a safe choice, no sarah palin this time. any chance that goes safe is an overreaction. the bland leading the bland. i'm chuck todd. chris matthews is off this week. welcome to the show. with us today, dan rather, gloria borger, kathleen parker and david ignatius. first up, the tragedy in denver came at the end of a week that was notable for how small and petty the campaign was getting and only seemed to highlight the smallness. dan, look, you have been through a lot of these rodeos. looking back at the last week of politics, it was awful. and then friday happens and all the campaigns started acting responsibly again. >> but that won't last long. this does perspective, this puts this into perspective. it signals to us once again just how bland and mostly irrelevant the campaign rhetoric has been. yes, the initial responses were on the news, that won't last very long. >> gloria, look, these are moments and sometimes they're outside and they have a long lasting impact. we think they will. the president has to play co
Jul 14, 2012 2:00am PDT
romney is explaining. did he really leave bain in 1999? why does his name appear on bain documents subsequent to that? and why does it matter? because accurate or not, the bain mess casts doubt on romney's principle argument that it's his business experience that most qualifies him to be president. the obama campaign has dented rom northeast' strength, karl rove couldn't have done a better job. perhaps it was because the romney camp was so eager to change that subject that they let slip to drudge that condoleeza rice emerged as a top vp pick. there are lots of reasons to believe this is nothing more than a shiny bright object to take our attention off of bain. but she would probably help romney plug a number of holes. plus, president obama says his biggest mistake is putting policy over storytelling. i talked about that two nights ago here. why doesn't the president do a better job of telling people what he's accomplished. and what happens to penn state in the wake of the sandusky report? will it g biven the ncaa's death penalty, a ban from playing football for at least a year? fin
Jul 12, 2012 8:00pm PDT
campaign says mitt romney either misrepresented his time at bain or committed a felon. tonight i'll let you make the call. let's get to work. >> they say in politics if you're responding you're losing. >> a bombshell report claims mitt romney is misleading americans about his time at bain capital. bengi sarli is here today. the obama campaign says romney may have broken the law. and there are brand new allegations of outsourcing. sherrod brown, senator from ohio, tells the story. >> they're bringing people in that aren't active. >> the romney campaign denied flying in supporters to the naacp's convention to support mitt romney in his speech. >> eliminate every nonessential program i can find. that includes obama care. [ booing ] >> tonight a prominent african-american republican is contradicting the campaign, and we have the exclusive report. and how can anyone defend joe paterno after today? >> sometimes, and this is what people may not want to hear, but sometimes you have to make tough decisions, and sometimes you have to work around decisions. >> we'll ask "the new york times" about toda
Jul 12, 2012 11:00pm EDT
to the attacks. but they say in politics if you're responding you're losing. >> romney and his campaign had a lot of responding too today. "the boston globe" expanded on the recording, only to find out that mitt romney was the top dog at bain capital three years after he said he left. according to the report, a massachusetts financial disclosure form romney filed in 2003 clearly stated he owned 100% of bain capital in 2002. and his state financial disclosures indicate he earned $100,000 as a bain executive in 2001 and 2002. the report also drops this bombshell, a romney campaign official who requested anonymity to discuss the sec filings acknowledged that they do not square with common sense. until now, romney has protected himself politically from any bain business practices after he left the company. romney always says that he left the company in 1999, except for this one time. >> i worked at one company, bain, for 25 years, and i left that to go off and help save the olympic games. >> okay. let's see if we can do a little bit of math here tonight on the ed show. mitt romney started in bain in
Jul 13, 2012 3:00am EDT
, a romney campaign official who requested anonymity to discuss the sec filings acknowledged that they do not square with common sense. until now, romney laz protected himself politically from any bain business practices after he left the company. romney always says that he left the company in 1999, except for this one time. >> i worked at one company, bain, for 25 years, and i left that to go off and help save the olympic games. >> okay. let's see if we can do a little bit of math here tonight on the ed show. mitt romney started in bain in 1977. 25 years later, well, that takes us to 2002. according to mitt romney and his camp, the candidate didn't make any decisions for bain after 1999. he only benefitted financially from them. well, his campaign spokeswoman, ann degree yaw sall released this statement today. governor romney left bain capital in february of 1999 to run the olympics and had no input on investments or management of the companies after that point. another campaign aide told politico romney wasn't involved in any investment decisions. he was on the sec filings because he wa
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Jul 7, 2012 8:00pm PDT
romney's tax confusion, did he bungle his response on the obama care mandate and is it a sign of bigger campaign problems? and also, president obama swinging through some battle ground states, doubling down on accusations that mitt romney outsourced jobs. the charges may be questionable, but are they working? and also, meet job growth coupled with the worst manufacturing numbers in three years has some economists worried. are we headed into another recession? and welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm david asman in this week for paul gigot. is it or isn't it? we know the obama administration has been playing word games about the health care mandate right from the beginning, but now, the romney campaign can't seem to make up its mind whether it's really a tax. and early this week, romney advisor said that his boss had the same view as the white house, that it's a penalty, not a tax, but the can dat walked that back, telling cbs news, quote the majority of the court said it's a tax and therefore, it is a tax. and they have spoken, there's no way around that, end so the. but has th
Jul 13, 2012 3:00pm PDT
to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, the questions continue for mitt romney. late today mr. romney gave interviews to five different networks including nbc in an effort to diffuse the controversy over bain capital. for years romney has been saying he left bain in 1999 and that he couldn't be blamed for the thousands of workers laid off by bain in the years after that. his 2011 financial report says quote, he retired from bain capital on february 11th, 1999. quote, since february 11, 1999, romney has not had an active role with any bain capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any bain capital entity in any way. romney signed this document personally. but today new information is emerging that tells a very different story. building on what we learned earlier this week, documents given to a massachusetts commission in 2002 show romney still had full ownership in at least six bain entities while he was in utah managing the olympics. and the commission found romney was still serving on the boards of companies that had bain ownership stakes in staples, marriott, and
Jul 17, 2012 8:00pm PDT
until the election. breaking news on mitt romney's taxes. one of his former primary opponents is finally saying, enough is enough. release the taxes. let's get to work. >> he has no idea how the american system functions, because he spent his early years in hawaii, smoking something. >> the romney campaign goes into the sewer to distract from mitt romney's tax problem. but new polling proves the american people aren't buying it. >> it makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all. >> michael steele and katrina vanden heuvel on the unfolding disaster for the romney campaign. >>> john mccain goes rogue and says sarah palin was a better candidate than mitt romney. how long until the republicans reach full revolt? i'll ask howard fineman. >>> and bain capital is about to outsource 170 jobs from a company in freeport, illinois. but the town and the workers are fighting back. they're asking mitt romney to help save their jobs. >> if i had anything to say to mitt romney, i would ask him to please save my job. >> reporter: tonight, the woman who started the grassroots appeal makes her
Jul 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
practicing for a long, long time! mitt romney comes under a bain barrage. new documents call into question exactly when he left the private equity firm. which calls into question his stance that he was not involved in outsourcing u.s. jobs overseas. which calls into question why anyone would believe a single word this guy says! mitt, mitt mitt! it is all starting to catch up with you. >> what a president believes matters. mitt romney's companies were pioneers in outsourcing u.s. jobs to low-wage countries. he supports tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. president obama believes in insourcing. he fought to save the u.s. auto industry. and favors tax cuts for companies that bring jobs home. outsourcing versus insourcing. it matters. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> so as you can imagine the romney campaign is going appear president-electic after seeing the new swing state ad. bain is not going away. romney campaign spokeswoman amanda heninberg says the obama campaign tries
Jul 17, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. thanks for watching. the romney campaign was in search of a narrative yet again today. but they were stopped at every turn by mitt romney's mysterious finances. the day began with a brand-new add from the obama campaign. >> romney admits that over the last two years, he's paid less than 15% in taxes on $43 million in income. makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all. we don't know, because romney has released just one full year of his tax returns and won't release anything before 2010. >> you know what? i've put out as much as we're going to put out. >> what is mitt romney hiding? >> since mitt romney still has no answer about his finances, his campaign took really a dartboard mentality today to attack president obama. romney tried to latest line of attack during a stop in pennsylvania. >> he said, and i quote -- and he's speaking, by the way, of businesses, like this one. small businesses, big businesses, middle-sized businesses, mining businesses, manufacturing, service businesses of all kinds. he said this -- "if you've got a business, you didn't build that. somebody
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Jul 7, 2012 11:00pm EDT
confusion? and does it reveal larger problems within the romney campaign? let's ask wall street journal columnist and deputy editor, and james freeman and columnist, mary anastasia o'grady. and how has the campaign dealt with in. >> obviously not well. you've leapt through the sequence. they say it's a tax and upheld the obama health care law and the obama white house says it's not a tax, it's a penalty and the law has been upheld and every major republican says they have imposed a tax on the middle class and along comes the romney campaign, oh, we agree, it's a penalty. now, why are they saying this? they're saying this because mitt romney himself enacted the mandate in the massachusetts health care law and they're afraid to have that. and that massachusetts health care law is turning out to be the biggest gosh darn albatross is any presidential candidate has ever had. >> and romney has to-- >> it's never too late he has got it get that thing off the back and repudiate it. >> after spending so much time defending what he did in massachusetts how can he now come out and say that
Jul 5, 2012 8:00pm PDT
message to the middle class as the romney campaign deals with more new reports of offshore tax havens. the former ohio governor ted strickland has tough words for the republican candidate and he's here tonight. >>> let's kill this guy. and i feel like that's not really a very good campaign policy. >> the big panel weighs in on the comments about barack obama's campaign. >>> a shocking new report says american voter i.d. laws could disenfranchise voters. that story ahead. >>> and chris rock tweets about slavery on independence day and the right wing can't stand it. >> doesn't that tear the country apart? >> dr. james peterson responds tonight. >> i'm talking about a period of time where black people had no time. talking about the 1600s to about 1964. >>> president obama brought his re-election campaign to america's heartland today hoping to gain a decisive advantage in a crucial swing state. ohio has 18 electoral votes up for grabs. florida is the only state up for more grabs than that. it's a must win for both presidential candidates. the president continued his recent campaign strate
Jul 27, 2012 12:00am PDT
to "the ed show." i'm michael eric dyson in for ed schultz. mitt romney is having a burger of atime in jolly old england. we'll break down mitt's royal pains here tonight. this is "the ed show." and as ed would say, let's get to work. >> my experiences with regards to the olympics is it is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur. >> the british people have erupted in defiance at mitt romney's olympic insult. >> there's a guy called mitt romney who wants to know whether we're ready. are we ready? are we ready? >> in one day mitt romney's european vacation went from foreign policy listening tour to a benny hill chase scene. ♪ tonight, mitt romney is basically apologizing. the british press are calling him another "w" and worse than palin. we'll have all the latest from mitt romney's european disaster. >>> the romney camp tries to sweep their anglo-saxon remark under the rug. >> it's a very strange and in some respects foreign to the american experience type of philosophy. >> we'll show you why it's impossible to deny the romney campaign's effort to portray the president as so
Jul 5, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. get tonight's last word. > will mitt romney's flip flop? let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm michael smerconish. leading off tonight, the individual mandate is a tax. that's the word according to mitt romney who reversed course and contradicted his own campaign. romney's shift puts him in line with his party which hasn't exactly been happy with his flat footed response. and if it is a tax, does that mean romney raises his taxes in his plan in massachusetts? according to romney, not exactly. we'll get to his verbal gymnastics at the top of the program. >>> meanwhile, president obama is on a bus tour through ohio and pennsylvania. can he make inroads among those working class voters? >>> and speaking of those voters, how will they respond to the new reports of romney's extensive offshore bank accounts? does romney have an image problem? >>> and a florida life guard loses his job for trying to help save a swimmer's life. we'll ask him what happened. >>> and finally, what went wrong at this fourth of july celebration in san diego? all of the fireworks exploded at the same time
Jul 13, 2012 1:00am PDT
, ed. and thank you at home for staying with us for the next hour. the first time that mitt romney ran for office was in 1994. he ran for the u.s. senate from massachusetts. >> i believe that abortion should be safe and legal in the country. i have since the time my mom took the position when she ran in 1970 as a u.s. senate candidate. i believe since roe v. wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it. i was an independent during the time of reagan-bush. i'm not trying to return to reagan-bush. i want universal coverage. i want everyone in massachusetts and this country to have insurance. >> despite trying his best to run to the center, to appear to be a moderate, mr. romney even promised he was to the left of his opponent ted kennedy on the issue of gay rights in that election. despite that herculean ideological stretching, mr. romney lost the race badly to senator kennedy. it was not the culture war issues, the social issues that are credited with having made the difference in that election. the race didn't end up being much about health insurance or even whet
Jul 6, 2012 3:00am EDT
the opposition. >> i don't think romney's plan to spend trillions of dollars more on tax cuts for people that aren't even asking for them is the right way to grow our economy. especially since they want to pay for it by cutting education spending and cutting job training programs. and raising middle class taxes. and i sure don't agree with his plan to keep giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. >> the obama campaign hopes it's hard to shake for mitt romney. drew a contrast between his job creation and his own. >> governor romney's experience has been in owning companies that were called pioneers of outsourcing. that's not my phrase. pioneers of outsourcing. my experience has been in saving the american auto industry. and as long as i'm president, that's what i'm going to be doing. waking up every single day thinking about how we can create more jobs for your families, for your security, for your community. >> indeed the recovery of the auto industry is important for the people of northern ohio. according to the detroit news, the auto industry is on pace to sell more than
Jul 27, 2012 3:00am EDT
williams, interviewing romney in london, asked if london looked ready for the games. here's what he said. >> you know, it's hard to know how well it will turn out. there are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials. that obviously is not something which is encouraging. because in the games there are three parts that make games successful. number one, of course, are the athletes, that's what overwhelmingly what the games are about. number two is the volunteers. they will have great volunteers here. but number three are the people of the country. do they come together and celebrate the olympic moment, and that's something we only find out once the games actually begin. >> in other words, mr. romney managed to insult the british on their own turf about an event they have been planning for seven years. bear in mind, mitt romney's european tour was designed to position him as the president in waiting. the wise and graceful statesman. and his appearance in london was
Jul 13, 2012 4:00am EDT
and romney made $11 million in two years. mitt romney, he's misled us twice. with negative ads distorting senator kennedy's record and the phony claims about his own. >> i would like to say to mitt romney if you think you can make such a good senator, come out here to marion, indiana, and see what your company has done to these people. >> we had no rights anymore. >> they cut the wages. >> we no longer had insurance. >> basically cut our throats. i would like to say to the people of massachusetts that if you think it can't happen to you, think again. because we thought it wouldn't happen here either. >> mitt romney. i don't mean to be callous, but there are people all over the world who would love a job flipping hamburgers in america. romney, in business he specialized in low wage jobs but made $11 millionyears. now he favors policies to benefit the wealthy at the expense of working families. romney favors $100 billion tax cut for the wealthiest 1% of americans and billions more in other tax breaks for the rich. romney, trickle down economics and a millionaire's tax cut. whose
Jul 16, 2012 9:00am EDT
jobs overseas. the president rejected romney's call to apologize for the bain attacks. >> first of all, you're not going to apologize. >> no, sometimes, these games are played during political campaigns. understand what the issue is here. mr. romney claims that he's mr. fix it for the economy. because of the, of his business experience, and so i think voters legitimately want to know what is that business experience. >> on that point, the obama campaign released this brutal ad attacking romney's jobs record. ♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plain ♪ not to be deterred, romney fired back this morning. >> wouldn't it be interesting, mr. president, if you spent some time looking at your record. at what you've done over the last three and a half to four years? >> the romney campaign had a new explanation for s.e.c. documents that list romney as bain's ceo three years after he said he left the company to run the salt lake city olympics. >> he actually retired retroactively because he ended up not going back t
Jul 7, 2012 2:00am PDT
jobs numbers, republicans are nervous that mitt romney is kicking away a winnable election. it began with a tweet from rupert murdoch and is now spreading throughout his media empire. and now a lot of conservatives who never liked romney are saying, i told you so. also, remember when pennsylvania's republican house majority leader said voter i.d. laws would help mitt romney win the election? here's what he was talking about. a new study shows that three quarters of a million people in the state don't have the proper identification and most of them are likely democratic voters. and not even scarlet ohara said the name ashley so much. >> look, ashley. >> ashley. ashley, ashley, ashley. what's not respectful, ashley? ashley -- ashley, ashley, ashley, i'll say it again. >> that's joe wallach -- duckworth lost both legs fighting in remark and joins us tonight and our joe walsh highlight reel. exactly how many times did joe walsh say the name ashley? stick around for the "slideslow." robert reich was the secretary during the clinton administration and jared bernstein served with vice presi
Jul 28, 2012 7:30pm EDT
from washington the plop the american original for over three decades issue one. romney roaming. in his first overseas tour since becoming the republican party nominee in april, mitt romney is visiting three countries, the uk, israel, and poland. strong u.s. allies, all. first stop the uk in london. mr. romney witnessed the opening of the summer olympic games. romney oversaw the winter games in 2002 in salt lake city, utah as president and ceo of the salt lake organizing committee. so, he was asked on wednesday whether the olympics in london looked quote unquote ready to him. >> there are a few things that were discontinue certificating the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials that obviously is not something which is encouraging. >> he also met with top british officials including uk prime minister david cameron at 10 downing street, talking middle east peace, among other topics. but the subject of the olympics seemed to prickal the prime minister, who made this statement in a press confere
Jul 13, 2012 7:00am PDT
during tough times. >> well, mitt romney was spotted very quickly saying, quote, president obama believes that millions of americans have lost their jobs, their homes and their livelihood because they failed to tell a good story. being president is not about telling stories, it's about leading, and president obama has failed to lead, no wonder the american people are losing faith in the presidency. >> when he was asked that question, the president lost went on to say -- the question of whether he could manage the job, what do you think about his answer to that question, richard? >> this is something that i wrote about in my last book, they have been struggling in communication. they have so many communications experts in the white house, not just the communications team. you're talking about a president who's a best selling author the, people like david axelrod, robert gibbs, how could it have been so messed up for so long? now there are other issues, of course, and the romney campaign is right to point to them. not listing what romney said, this president made a fundamental miscalculatio
Jul 19, 2012 3:00pm PDT
. forget the talk you've heard about division in the romney campaign on whether he should come clean and release more details on his finances. today the candidate's wife herself told america what you get is what you get. >> you know, because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack and you just want to give more material for more attack. and that's really -- that's just the answer. and we've given all people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. >> the american people disagree. a new usa today poll shows the majority of americans, 54% think mitt romney should release more of his tax records. and it's no wonder he has the fewest financial disclosures of any recent candidate in history. in fact, the four last presidents and romney's father george all thought the american people deserved to see more. just look at that. but the romneys, one year's tax return is all we get. it's a potentially risky stand they're taking. especially as more facts about romney's financial past come into focus. and there's more. today
Jul 17, 2012 8:00pm EDT
finances. the day began with a brand new ad from the obama campaign. >> romney admits that over the last two years he's paid less than 15% in taxes on $43 million in income. makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all. we don't know because he has released just one full year of his tax returns and won't release anything before 2010. >> i put out as much as we're going to put out. >> what is mitt romney hiding? >> since mitt romney still has no answer about his finances, his campaign took a dart board m mentality to attack president obama. he tried the latest line of attack during a stop in pennsylvania. >> he said and i quote, and he's speaking by the way of businesses like this one, small businesses, big businesses, middle sized businesses, mining businesses, manufacturing businesses, of all kinds, he said this, if you got a business, you didn't build that. somebody else made that happen. president obama attacks success and therefore under president obama we have less success and i will change that. >> of course, president obama never said people are not responsible
Jul 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
report breathes life into the romney campaign, team obama makes a fresh assault on romney's wealth as he spends sunday raising money on the hamptons. congress comes back after the july 4th recess. speaker boehner is making news saying it doesn't matter if voters love mitt romney or not. good morning from washington. it's monday july 9th, 2012. right to the first reads of the morning. president obama will stress the looming fiscal cliff for the first time when it calls for a one-year extension with people earning less than $250,000 a year. all the tax cuts are set to expire. the president will make the announcement surrounded by workers and families. they would benefit if the rates were extended. it is likely to be an extended fight intended to draw contrast by baiting them into extending tax cuts. here's obama's campaign senior adviser robert gibbs this morning on today. >> i think it's time to pay down some of our debts and deficits by doing away with the breaks showered on millionaires and billionaires and give certainty to middle class families. >> they will push in a series of interv
Jul 12, 2012 1:00am PDT
reasons. four years after the bush/cheney administration, the new republican party nominee, mitt romney, has made precisely zero public appearanced with george w. bush or dick cheney. this is still the most interesting thing in american politics. the reconstruction of the republican party post-george w. bush and post-dick cheney is as yet incomplete and still the most interesting thing to watch. hot is the new republican party going to be after that? what is the new republican party leadership going to be after them? all of this has led to some very awkward moments on the campaign trail this year for the republican party's new nominee. the first president bush is much more highly regarded than his son is. but he is a little older and a little unpredictable in public now. previously, that has manifested as some unexpected crying jags at public speeches and things. nothing that would harm his image, but there's an element of unpredictability to him in public. in his photo-op with mitt romney, it manifested in this very, very awkward moment. >> i haven't met with president george w. bush,
Jul 14, 2012 3:00am PDT
, with this week in particular getting worse and worse day by day, today the mitt romney for president campaign did something they have never done with their normally rather interview shy candidate. it was a wall to wall blanket the networks blitz of interviews, he talked to abc, he talked to cbs, he talked to nbc, he talked to cnn, fox news, talked to -- no, mitt romney did not talk to msnbc. but in five hastily called interviews with everybody but msnbc, mitt romney repeated without variation the same thing over and over and over and over again today. he left bain capital in 1999 and left to run the olympics and anyone criticizing him for what bain did after that should apologize. he said specifically president obama should apologize because he, mitt romney was gone from bain in 1999. >> in february of 1999, i left bain capital. >> no involvement with the management of bain capital after february of 1999. >> i had no role whatsoever in the management of bain capital after february of 1999. i had had no role whatsoever in the management of bain capital after february of 1999. relinquished manageme
Jul 6, 2012 2:00am EDT
we'll figure out what happened in the sideshow tonight. >>> we begin with mitt romney calling the health care mandate a tax. michael steele is an msnbc political analyst and bob shrum is a democratic strategist. it took only a week but romney is now on board with other republicans when it comes to their attack line against the president. the individual mandate is a tax. that's what romney told cbs yesterday. >> i said that i agreed with the dissent and the dissent made it very clear they felt it was unconstitutional. but it lost. it's in the minority. so now the supreme court has spoken. there's no way around that. you can try and say you wish they'd decide a different way. but they didn't. they concluded it was a tax. that's what it is. >> he contradicted his senior adviser who told chuck todd it was not a tax. >> the governor believes what we put in place in massachusetts was a penalty, and he disagrees with the court's ruling that the mandate was a tax. >> so he agrees with the president -- but he agrees with the president that it is not, and he believes you shouldn't call
Jul 14, 2012 7:30pm EDT
-american community, you are looking at him. you take a look. >> republican presidential candidate mitt romney addressed the national association for the advancement of colored people. the naacp was founded in 1909 and is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization. african americans are one of president obama's most loyal voting blocks. he won 95% of the african- american vote in 2008. john mccain who ran against barack obama in 2008, won 4% of the african-american vote. so, at wednesday's event mr. romney was squarely in enemy territory. but romney gave no ground. in fact, at times he seemed to be baiting the audience. >> if our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we take in every year. and so -- and so to do that i'm going toll eliminate every non- essential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care. and i'm going to work to reform and save -- >> despite the boos, some of romney's lines were met with applause, namely, those dealing with jobs and the middle class. >> and i don't just mean for those who are middle class now. i al
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